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How did Apex Legends become so popular in such a short period?

Gamers Stories May 8, 2022

Rated 9.25 by Game Informer and 9/10 by GameSpot, Apex Legends is one of those games that reached the top spots right after its release. The mobile version of Apex Legends is one of the most awaited games of 2022. It was released in February 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and in March 2021 for Nintendo Switch. The game is cross-platform compatible. In this blog, we'll discuss everything from the development and gameplay of Apex Legends to what made it so popular in such a short span of time in the Esports Market.

Overview

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game published by Electronic Arts and developed by Respawn Entertainment. Released in February 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and in March 2021 for Nintendo Switch, Apex Legends takes place in the same sci-fi universe as the developer's Titanfall series, with several Titanfall characters appearing as minor characters or playable Legends. It features squads of three players using pre-made characters with distinctive abilities, called "Legends", similar to those of hero shooters. Development of Apex Legends began back in 2016 but it was kept a secret until its launch in 2019. It was speculated that Respawn Entertainment is working on the third installment of Titanfall but the developers had a whole new plan all along. Apex Legends received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its gameplay, progression system, and fusion of elements from various genres. Some considered it a worthy competitor to other battle royale games. Apex Legends surpassed 25 million players by the end of its first week, and 50 million within its first month. By April 2021, it had approximately 100 million players making it one of the most played video games of all time by player count.

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Gameplay

Apex Legends features characters called “legends”. Therefore, the game name. Alternate modes have been introduced allowing for single and for two-player squads since the game's release. The game is free-to-play and monetized through microtransactions and loot boxes, which allow the player to spend both real money and in-game currency on cosmetic items, such as outfits for the Legends and new colors for weapons.

Each match generally features twenty teams of three-player squads. Players can join friends in a squad or can be matched randomly with other players. Before the match, each player on the squad selects one of the 20 playable characters (as of season 12), with the exception that no character may be selected more than once by a squad. Each character in the squad has a unique design, personality, and abilities that provide different play styles to the team. All teams are then placed on an aircraft that passes over the game map. One player in each squad is the jumpmaster, selecting when the squad should skydive out of the aircraft and where to land with the concurrence of the other squad members. However, players are free to deviate from the squad's path.

Once on the ground, the squad can scavenge for weapons, armor, and other equipment that is scattered around buildings, or in crates randomly distributed around the map, while keeping an eye out for other squads. Apex Legends includes a nonverbal communication "ping system" which allows players to use their game controller to communicate to their squad certain directions, weapon locations, enemies, and suggested strategies. While the game offers movement options similar to other shooters, it includes some of the gameplay features of previous Titanfall games, such as the ability to climb over short walls, slide down inclined surfaces, and use zip lines to traverse an area quickly.

This variation of the game borrows mechanics from other shooters such as Counter-Strike and Valorant. The mode is the first permanent deviation away from the battle royale format.

Apex’s gameplay is pretty interesting and fascinating for players making it one of the highest played games around.

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Developments

Apex has had multiple developments in its version since its release. Most famous is the introduction of different seasons in the games. Each new season is intended to bring with it the release of a new playable character, usually new weapons and purchasable cosmetic items.

The game's first season started on March 19, 2019. Associated with seasons are time-limited battle passes that reward player with new cosmetic items, should they complete in-game challenges during the season. Alongside new cosmetic items, seasons can also bring changes to the map and additional gameplay elements.

There have been 13 seasons of the game till now, the latest one will be released in May 2022.

Now, let us take a look at some of the statistics that will prove the popularity of Apex Legend among gamers and the hype around the newly anticipated mobile version.

  • Apex Legends is the fourth most played game on Steam. The game has even accumulated a total of 91,776,876 hours played.
  • 357,886 reviews have been received on Steam and globally lean toward the above positive (86.69% are positive).
  • The biggest prize pool in a tournament reached a total of $690,550.
  • The Top 3 of the highest-earning players are dominated by the US, who won a total of $428,546.
  • In April 2021, Apex Legends has officially hit 100 million registered users.

These are some wild numbers and it definitely ascertains why AL is so hyped up. With the much-awaited android and ios version of Apex Legends Mobile being expected to come out anytime soon, we hope this blog will come in handy for all the enthusiastic gamers who are always looking forward to new and trending games in the industry.

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